Skip to main content

“I Love San Diego” isn’t just a website, it’s your ticket to the ultimate San Diego adventure. This lively platform has transformed the hospitality game, employing a troop of local aficionados who are passionate about sharing San Diego’s gems.

This digital tour guide doesn’t just skim the surface. No, sir! It dives deep into the heart of San Diego, taking you on a virtual stroll through each vibrant neighborhood, and spilling the secrets on where to snooze, snack, sip, and soak up the fun!

Let’s take Little Italy, for example. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill travel guide listing restaurants and shopping malls. It’s a treasure map to the city’s best-kept secrets! Like The Music Box, an upscale venue where live music meets craft cocktails, and food is not just a meal, but a melody of small plates that dance on your palate​​.

And the Little Italy Farmers’ Market? It’s not just about fresh produce (though they’ve got plenty of that). It’s a kaleidoscope of color and flavor, with seafood, flowers, food, clothing, jewelry, and even holistic health products! It’s like stepping into a real-life Etsy store, but better​.

The fun doesn’t stop there. “I Love San Diego” is like that friend who knows all the cool boutiques and can find the perfect wearable souvenir just for you​​. And if you’re more into planks than shopping tanks, they’ve got the inside scoop on the city’s best outdoor workout spots, so you can break a sweat with a beautiful view​​.

Thirsty? They’ve got you covered with their list of the best spots to grab a drink with an eye-popping view of the Pacific Ocean​6​. And for the wine enthusiasts, don’t worry, they’ve uncorked the secrets of Little Italy’s best wine bars​​.

Got a hot date? “I Love San Diego” plays cupid, offering date ideas that are a perfect blend of fun, relaxation, and romance – morning, mid-day, or after dark​​.

So whether you’re a San Diego local, a visitor, or just daydreaming about California’s sun and surf, “I Love San Diego” is your go-to guide. It’s not just about information, it’s about experiencing the best of San Diego with a dash of fun and a whole lot of love!


San DiegoEat & Drink | Featured
May 14, 2020

The Best Fruit-Forward Drinks for At-Home Happy Hours

Our homes now serve as offices, restaurants, movie theaters, and bars. I Love San Diego’s new At-Home Happy Hour series features the best locally made beverages perfect for cracking open during your next virtual get-together...all tested and approved by the…
DowntownGaslampGaslamp | To DoSan Diego NeighborhoodsTo Do | Featured
November 25, 2019

Get to Know San Diego’s Embarcadero

If you’re in San Diego for a short period of time, you’ve got to plan your time wisely. Taking a short trek on foot around the bayside pedestrian path will provide sight-seeing in spades! There are parts of downtown’s waterfront…
A handsome, young man drinking a beer.Banker's Hill | To DoDel Mar | To DoEat & Drink | FeaturedGaslamp | To DoLa Jolla | To DoPoint Loma | To Do
September 3, 2019

Sip Here: The Best Restaurants for Sunset Cocktails

After a full day of activities, or an equally intense day of lounging around, you deserve a drink! Keep reading for a few of our favorite restaurants overlooking the city, bay, and the Pacific.
Local Love
February 23, 2020

The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Hortense Soulier

Want to know where the LOCALS LOVE to hang out? We asked Hortense Soulier, French transplant, fintech operator, and San Diego savant.
Freshly painted nails in San DiegoActivitiesNorth ParkPacific BeachPopularSan Diego NeighborhoodsShoppingTo Do | Featured
April 24, 2023

Seven Favorite Nail Salons in San Diego

There’s just something about a makes us feel like we have our life together. Treat yourself to a little pampering and polish at one of San Diego’s best nail salons. Read on for some local favorites!
BeachesCoronadoCoronado | To DoDowntownGaslampGaslamp | To DoSan Diego NeighborhoodsTo Do | Featured
November 5, 2019

Four Winter Events We’re Psyched For

It may not feel like winter, but that won’t stop us from doing all sorts of festive things! Even if you haven’t decked out your home in holiday garb yet, it may be wise to plan ahead and add a…
DowntownDowntownLocationPoint LomaPoint Loma | To DoSan Diego NeighborhoodsTo DoTo Do | Featured
November 14, 2019

Cirtirine Spa: You Need to Know About this Holistic Health Hideaway

While rocking posh sunglasses and applying sunscreen should be top priorities during your time in SoCal, we tend to forget about the ultimate skincare remedy: a facial.
DowntownEat & Drink | FeaturedLa JollaLa Jolla | Eat and DrinkLittle ItalyLittle Italy | Eat and DrinkMission BeachMission Beach | Eat and DrinkOcean BeachOcean Beach | Eat and DrinkPoint LomaPoint Loma | Eat and DrinkSan Diego Neighborhoods
May 13, 2020

Cheers Here: Where to go for Drinks with a View

Gazing out at the Pacific never gets old. If you’re looking for a bar or restaurant with incredible views of the water, you’re in luck: there are plenty of options in San Diego. We’re breaking down a few local favorites,…
Date NightEat & Drink | FeaturedExperienceGuidesLittle ItalyLittle Italy | Eat and DrinkSan Diego Neighborhoods
December 5, 2019

A Guide to Little Italy’s Wine Bars

Finding a place to grab a glass of wine in Little Italy is a no-brainer. You can sip on a red or white nearly anywhere in the neighborhood. There are a few standout spots that don’t just have wine on…
Eat & Drink | FeaturedSan Diego Neighborhoods
January 10, 2020

We Found a Local Coffee Shop to Match Your Favorite Friends Character

The iconic show may be gone from Netflix, but you can still channel your inner Phoebe in San Diego. While San Diego’s beer scene gets most of the attention, our coffee house selection is just as exciting! These are just…
View of San Diego from Point LomaEat & Drink | FeaturedLiberty StationLiberty Station | To DoPoint LomaPoint Loma | To DoTo Do | Featured
September 10, 2019

Five Fun Things To Do In Point Loma

Full of history and natural beauty, there’s plenty to do in Point Loma. From epic views to tasty brews, read on for a few of our favorite stops in this neighborhood.
Local LoveSan Diego Neighborhoods
February 3, 2020

The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Scott Fisk

Want to know where the locals love to hang out? We asked Scott Fisk, Mission Hills resident, San Diego Expert and your KAABOO connection.
San Diego NeighborhoodsTo Do | Featured
November 11, 2023

A Local’s Guide to San Diego’s Best Beaches

Hey beach enthusiasts and sun seekers! Get ready to explore San Diego's stunning coastline like a local. Forget the tourist traps; I'm about to spill the beans on the best beaches in this sun-kissed city, where the waves whisper and…
Eat & Drink | FeaturedHillcrest | Eat and DrinkNorth Park | Eat and DrinkSan Diego Neighborhoods
October 23, 2019

A Foodie Guide to University Heights

Even though it’s in the center of San Diego, University Heights is a neighborhood that offers cozy small town vibes. Food is at the core of every community - and this hip area has no shortage of fantastic all-day dining…
San Diego, Sunset CliffsOcean Beach | To DoSan Diego NeighborhoodsTo Do | Featured
August 25, 2019

A Perfect Day in Ocean Beach

If you’re thinking about visiting Southern California, or just live in another part of town and haven’t made it to OB lately, here’s a run down of our favorite places and an ideal way to spend the day.
BeachesCarlsbadCarlsbad | Eat and DrinkCoronadoCoronado | Eat and DrinkDel MarDel Mar | Eat and DrinkDowntownEat & Drink | FeaturedEncinitasEncinitas | Eat and DrinkGaslampGaslamp | Eat and DrinkLa JollaLa Jolla | Eat and DrinkLeucadiaLeucadia | Eat and DrinkLittle ItalyLittle Italy | Eat and DrinkNorth CountyOcean BeachOcean Beach | Eat and DrinkPacific BeachPacific Beach | Eat and DrinkPoint LomaPoint Loma | Eat and DrinkPopularSan Diego NeighborhoodsSolana BeachSolana Beach | Eat and Drink
November 18, 2019

The Best Healthy Restaurants In San Diego, By Neighborhood

There are plenty of restaurants around town that have healthy offerings on their menu. But walking in and knowing anything you order will be above and beyond nutritious? That’s a good feeling. Read on for some of our favorite healthy…


Eat and DrinkTo Do | Featured
November 11, 2023

Top 10 Hidden Gems in San Diego for Foodies

Hey food lovers! If you think you’ve tasted all that San Diego has to offer, think again. This sunny city is brimming with culinary surprises waiting to tantalize your taste buds. Let's explore the top 10 hidden gems that only…
DonutsBreakfastCentralCoffeeCuisineDessertDowntownDowntownEat & Drink | FeaturedEat and DrinkGaslampGaslamp | Eat and DrinkHillcrestHillcrest | Eat and DrinkLocationNorth ParkNorth Park | Eat and DrinkSan Diego Neighborhoods
July 26, 2021

The Best Gourmet Donuts in San Diego

There’s just something about these fluffy, fried treats that make people willing to wait in line for them. Stick to the classics or give your taste buds a brand new treat at some of San Diego’s most deluxe donut shops.
Ice Cream ConesBeachesBeachesCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | Eat and DrinkCasualCentralCentralCoronadoCoronado | Eat and DrinkCuisineDessertDowntownEat & Drink | FeaturedEat and DrinkFamily FriendlyLiberty StationLiberty Station | Eat and DrinkLocationMission HillsMission Hills | Eat and DrinkMission ValleyMission Valley | Eat and DrinkNormal HeightsNormal Heights | Eat and DrinkNorth CountyNorth CountyNorth ParkNorth Park | Eat and DrinkPacific BeachPacific Beach | Eat and DrinkPoint LomaPoint Loma | Eat and DrinkPopularSan Diego NeighborhoodsVibe
August 11, 2020

The Best Ice Cream in San Diego

Here’s the scoop: as far as ice cream goes, San Diego’s got plenty of it. If you’re into fancy flavors or just want the classics, there’s a creamery for you. Read on for a few local favorites and start planning…
San DiegoCuisineDessertEat and Drink
May 6, 2020

Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

World-famous chocolate, sundays, ice-cream, shakes and more....mmmmm.
San DiegoCasualCuisineDessertDowntownDowntownEat and DrinkFamily FriendlyGaslamp | Eat and DrinkLocal Favorite
May 6, 2020

Extraordinary Desserts

From coffee cake to crème brûlée, this airy eatery offers a range of desserts, plus savory options.
CasualCuisineEat and DrinkFamily FriendlyFish TacosGaslampGaslamp | Eat and DrinkKnown ForLocal FavoriteMexicanPacific BeachPacific Beach | Eat and DrinkVibe
January 18, 2020

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Relaxed, beach-adjacent outfit serving up classic & modern tacos, tortas, sides & sodas. Cash only.
CuisineDowntownDowntownEat and DrinkKnown ForLocationPoint LomaPoint Loma | Eat and DrinkSan Diego NeighborhoodsUpscaleVibeWine
January 10, 2020

The Wine Pub

A contemporary-styled eatery showcasing 25+ domestic & global wines by the glass.
CocktailsCuisineDowntownDowntownEat and DrinkGaslampGaslamp | Eat and DrinkKnown ForLocationOff the MapRomanticUpscaleVibe
January 3, 2020


Stylish, red-hued haunt with a 1930s vibe, featuring live music & seasonally inspired cocktails.

THE BEST PLACES TO STAY 8.0 - RatingCarlsbadCarlsbadCarlsbad | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlyRestaurantSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
September 17, 2019

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

A dynamic luxury hotel, located a short drive from attractions like The Crossings at Carlsbad, Poinsettia Park and Legoland California. 9.0 - RatingDowntownExperienceFree WifiGaslampGaslampGaslamp | StayGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsParkingPet FriendlyStayThe 25 Best Hotels in San Diego
August 28, 2019

The Guild Hotel

San Diego meets the Mediterranean Coast in this ultra chic yet understated hotel. Serving as the YMCA building from the twenties to mid-seventies, it was reconceptualized as a modern, design-forward luxury hotel and opened in 2019. Dine in the gorgeous… 8.0 - RatingDowntownExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiGaslampGaslamp | StayGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsParkingPet FriendlyRestaurantRomanticSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 24, 2019

InterContinental San Diego

Located on the San Diego waterfront, this urban boutique hotel features guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows with striking San Diego Bay views. 8.0 - RatingCentralExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationMission HillsMission HillsMission Hills | StayNeighborhoodsOld TownParkingSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 19, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Mission Hills

Tucked away between Old Town and Mission Hills, this is a good option for budget conscious travelers. Walking distance to local favorites Dos Brasas taco shop, Home & Away sports bar, and adorable California Bean coffee stand. 8.0 - RatingCarmel ValleyCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | StayDel MarDel MarDel Mar | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlySan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 17, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Carmel Valley / Del Mar

In Sorrento Valley on business? This is a great option offering the comfort and conveniences of home. Take advantage of the resort-style pool, indoor/outdoor bar, and of course those signature Doubletree cookies. 9.0 - RatingCarmel ValleyCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | StayDel MarDel MarDel Mar | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsNorth CountyNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlyRestaurantRomanticSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming PoolThe 25 Best Hotels in San Diego
August 17, 2019

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

An opulent, palatial resort stretching 400 acres five miles from the coast. Spacious elegant rooms make for relaxing retreats after a day lounging by the pool, hiking nearby canyons, or exploring all that Del Mar has to offer. 8.0 - RatingCarmel ValleyCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | StayDel MarDel MarDel Mar | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationNeighborhoodsNorth CountyNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlySan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 17, 2019

Hampton Inn Del Mar / Carmel Valley

In town for an overnight? Not far from UCSD and Torrey Pines State Reserve, this Hampton Inn is all about location. Enjoy quick access to the 5 freeway and get to North County, downtown or the beach in a snap. RatingDowntownExperienceLiberty StationLiberty StationLiberty Station | StayLocationNeighborhoodsSan Diego NeighborhoodsStay
August 9, 2019

Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Just minutes from the SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, this hotel offers a pool with waterfront views. It also features a waterside deli, restaurant, bar and an outdoor-poolside fire pit.